For over 50 years, Peter Doherty has dedicated his life to science with a vision to improve global health, well-being and prosperity. He is one of Australia’s most highly respected scientists and the namesake and Patron of the recently opened Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, at the University of Melbourne.
In 1996, Professor Doherty and his Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells.
Professor Doherty is a passionate advocate on the need to tackle climate change and the role the arts can play in bringing about a shift in our broader cultural attitude to this issue.
Professor Doherty is the author of several books, including: Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health And Our World (2012), A Light History of Hot Air (2007) and The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize (2005).
Maudie Palmer was Founding Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art and TarraWarra Museum of Art and is currently a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University. As one of Australia’s most respected arts administrators. Maudie Plamer believes in the power of art to open intellectual space around difficult social and environmental concerns:
“Art can liberate the mind to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Our changing climate presents unprecedented challenges to how we live our lives” says Palmer.
“Art can stimulate our imaginations, as we search for ways to demand new thinking to tackle the polluting habits that threaten our planet.”
CLIMARTE is honoured to have two such distinguished and highly respected thinkers as supporters of CLIMARTE’s mission to harness the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.